Saturday, March 22, 2014

Texas town pays Ted Nugent not to play

The Texas town of Longview has decided to pay Ted Nugent not to play their 4th of July concert following the controversy surrounding the rocker’s appearance last month with Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.

KLTV Tyler, Texas reports Longview will pay Nugent $16,000 – half of his performance fee – not to appear at the event, as originally contracted.

Last month, Abbott said inviting Nugent to campaign with him was nothing more than a way to stand firm on second amendment rights. Earlier the same month, the controversial singer called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel," drawing criticism from prominent Republicans, including Governor Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz.

When asked about payment to the rocker in order to cancel, Longview Public Information Officer Shawn Hara said Nugent was, "not the right feel for this kind of community event."

Gregg County Republican Party Chair Keith Rothra said he disagrees with the city's actions regarding Nugent saying it was "very expensive political correctness."

"I'm sad the City of Longview has done this. I think it was done by a great deal of political correctness, political pressure," Rothra said. "We have various performers who have made all kinds of statements that rattled people's conscience and yet they are still slated as performers."

Nugent recently underwent double knee replacement surgery and updated fans on his recovery – read what Ted had to say here.

See also:

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